Central Office Racial Affinity Spaces
DCPS staff: The Equity Strategy and Programming Team initially launched affinity spaces as safe spaces for you to reflect and process following the tragic deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and Tony McDade.

One way to process in a safe space is through affinity. Affinity spaces are gathering opportunities for people who share a common identity. This space will be organized based on the racial identities represented in Central Office as we aim to lean into the Courageous Conversation condition of isolating race.

For more information about the benefit of racial affinity groups, please leverage this Teaching Tolerance resource: https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/summer-2015/making-space

DCPS Central Office staff from the Equity, Community Action and SEL Teams will co-facilitate these discussions in affinity at least once a month but more frequently as requested by the group.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to dcps.equity@k12.dc.gov.
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Which racial affinity group(s) do you plan to join via Teams?
Select all that apply to you and your racial identities. A separate calendar/Teams invite will come from the DCPS Equity calendar.
NEW: LGBTQIA+ Affinity Spaces
If you identify with racial group(s) different than the ones listed above, please list that here.
As we define race, it can be easy to conflate race with ethnicity or nationality because the definitions and boundaries are always changing. Use the US Census (https://www.census.gov/topics/population/race/about.html) as a guide but do not let it limit you based on how you personally identify racially.
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